Ronald Harichandran Named Dean of University of New Haven's College of Engineering

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June 7, 2011

Ronald S. Harichandran, chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven, effective August 1.

Harichandran has taught at Michigan State University since 1984. As chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1995, Harichandran established a mentoring program for untenured faculty, created a strategic plan for the department, guided accreditation, assisted with the planning and construction of new facilities, launched new study abroad programs, raised millions of dollars in support of departmental and college endeavors, and strengthened relations with alumni. A civil engineer, Harichandran specializes in structural engineering, random vibration, and engineering reliability and their application to problems in earthquake, pavement, bridge, and fire engineering. He earned his PhD and MS in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his bachelor's degree, also in civil engineering, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

He has held visiting appointments at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia; Columbia University; and Auckland University, New Zealand. Prior to joining MSU, he was a research assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering at MIT.

Harichandran is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has chaired the ASCE Department Heads Council Executive Committee and served on the ASCE committee charged with refining the body of knowledge for future civil engineers, as well as on the ASCE Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice. He also serves on the Dynamics and Probabilistic Methods technical committees of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 80-acre main campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.
Professor Neeraj Buch will serve as interim chair of MSU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.